California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Fit Kids Founder Ashley Hunter to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Mental Well-Being. Tasked with exploring strategies to promote health and wellness among Californians, the Council also includes the state’s First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Pro Football Hall of Famer and Fit Kids Honorary Board Member Ronnie Lott; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller; World Cup soccer hero Brandi Chastain; Olympic skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi; past World Series MVP Dave Stewart; and other physical and mental health experts.
“The pandemic has placed a spotlight on the importance of physical and mental health,” said Governor Newsom. “We are committed to elevating healthy dietary and fitness habits, and mental well-being, to help build a healthier, more resilient California for all.”
“As a lifelong athlete and the mother of four young children, I’m eager to embark on this exciting partnership to provide California children with ample tools and opportunities to establish lifelong mental and physical wellness practices,” said First Partner Siebel Newsom. “After all, we know that lifetime habits around physical activity, sports, nutrition and wellness are formed in early childhood.”
Said Hunter: “This Council’s work is critical. Even before the pandemic, California and most other places already faced a health crisis in terms of childhood obesity and many other physical and mental ailments stemming from inactivity. With the pandemic on top of that, immediate action is needed. I am thrilled to serve on this council alongside such accomplished members and can’t wait to see our positive impact on public health.”